3 potential offensive coordinator options for New Orleans Saints

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2. Doug Marrone

The Saints hired Doug Marrone to their staff on Wednesday and he’s someone the fan base is familiar with.

Marrone was the first offensive coordinator under Sean Payton, serving in the role from 2006-2008 before moving on to coach Syracuse and later the Buffalo Bills. He coached the Jaguars for four seasons from 2017 to 2020 and spent this past year as the offensive line coach at Alabama.

With Marrone’s previous experience as an offensive coordinator, he’d make a lot of sense to take over the duties in New Orleans. He might not have succeeded as a head coach but during Marrone’s three years as the offensive coordinator, NOLA’s offense finished in the top five twice, including the top-ranked group in the 2008 season.

Expecting that to be replicated with no quarterback or wide receivers is a stretch but Marrone could be the right guy to help turn this group around. He’d also be a nice option to have as an offensive line coach, as he did in Alabama this past season and we know how good their o-line always is.